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SHEI Magazine is a University of Michigan student-run fashion, art, and pop culture publication. Everything from the photography, writing, modeling, editing, and publicity of our bi-yearly print publications and monthly digital mini is created by students who attend the University of Michigan. Founded in 1999, SHEI Magazine continues to produce issues of professional quality, as well as provide real-world experience to students interested in journalism, publishing, and the fashion industries.

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A Dash of DIY

Lotte Hurkmans

Image Welcome to a Dash of DIY! A column focused on embracing creativity during your college years through incorporating small DIY projects into your life. Through this column I will share home/dorm improvement projects, gift ideas, and clothing upcycling inspiration. Not to worry, my bank account is as limited as yours, so I will keep these projects small and simple. But from now on, instead of heading to the store and buying another picture frame or sweater, check here first for a DIY project as a cheaper and craftier alternative.

Here's a quick snippet about myself. My name is Lotte Hurkmans. I am from the Netherlands (that's where the name comes from), and I am a craft fanatic, a Netflix addict, and a sophomore at the University of Michigan. My mom is a kindergarten teacher, so it's fair to say I knew how to color in between the lines before I took my first steps. I have always been surrounded by creativity and art projects, and I have truly enjoyed taking part in them for as long as I can remember.

Since I started college I found there is no better stress reliever than a big cup of green tea and a little time spent perusing Pinterest. There's something incredibly relaxing about scrolling through the hundreds of DIY craft ideas and creating a collection of my own future projects. Unfortunately, I have noticed many of my exciting projects plans have piled up as schoolwork claims most of my free time. However, through this column I will set my excuses to the side and begin my long list of projects and crafts, and as I complete and find more inspiring crafts I will share them with all my fellow do-it-yourselfers right here.

So cheers to getting our creative juices flowing and a lot of fun (and sometimes messy) DIY projects!